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In “Architecture and Disjunction,” a collection of essays, Bernard Tschumi, the dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and. Available in: Paperback. Avant-garde theorist and architect Bernard Tschumi is equally well known for his writing and his practice. Architecture. For Bernard Tschumi, there is no architecture “without event, without activity, without way to the dynamic; finally, the one of synthesis is replaced by disjunction.

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Under Tschumi, architecture schintillates in a magnificent, engrossing supernova integration critical theory, literature, art, deconstruction, archetype, sociolinguistics, Bataille’s erotic sublime. The concept of dog does not bark. The structure must stand firm.

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After all, deconstruction is anti-form, anti-hierarchy, anti-structure, the opposite of all that architecture stands for. I do not believe you can design deconstruction. As noted earlier, the decision whether to construct the frame from any of these materials is often left to the engineers and economists rather than to the architect. The essays develop different themes in contemporary theory as they relate to the actual making of architecture, attempting to realign the discipline with a new world culture characterized by both discontinuity and heterogeneity.

Social critics regularly question the image, yet rarely question the apparatus, the frame. The structure must be stable, otherwise the edifice collapses — the edifice, that is, both the building and the entire edifice of thought. Johnathon Evans rated it really liked it Dec 12, England’s Hidden Reverse David Keenan.

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Interestingly, the specific technologies — air-conditioning or the construction of lightweight structures or computer modes of calculation — have yet to be theorized in architectural culture. Speculative Everything Anthony Dunne.

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The very heterogeneity of the definition of architecture — space, action, and movement — makes it into that event, that place of shock, or that place of the invention of ourselves. Want to Read saving…. Betnard dismantled concepts and became a remarkable conceptual tool, but it could not address the one thing that makes the work of architects ultimately different from the work of philosophers: Architecture and Disjunction by Bernard Tschumi.

Architecture was seen as the combination of spaces, events, and movements without any hierarchy or precedence among these concepts. Madness and the Combinative. Nov 12, Carolyn rated it it was amazing.

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Dijunction Avant-garde theorist and architect Bernard Tschumi is equally well known for his writing and his practice. Bob rated it it was amazing Nov 27, He was dean of the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture from to Roland Barthes’ Structural Analysis of Narratives was fascinating in this respect, for it could be directly transposed both in spatial and programmatic sequence. No trivia or quizzes yet.

The general public will almost always stand behind the traditionalists. Over fifty years after the publication of Benjamin’s text, we may have to say that shock is still all we have left to communicate in a time of generalized information. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Office Projects Publications News Contact. Architecture Depends Jeremy Till.

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Architecture is not about the conditions of design, but about the design of conditions that will dislocate the most traditional and regressive aspects of our society and simultaneously reorganize these elements in the most liberating way, where our experience becomes the experience of events organized and strategized through architecture. He opposes modernist ideology and postmodern nostalgia since both impose restrictive criteria on what may be deemed “legitimate” cultural conditions.


I do not believe it is possible, nor does it make sense, to design buildings that formally attempt to blur traditional structures, that is, that display forms that lie somewhere between abstraction and figuration, or between structure and ornament, or that are cut-up and dislocated for esthetic reasons.

Architecture and Disjunction

The result is too often a refusal to question structure. Dining function in the Rotunda form is not quite equivalent to reading or swimming in it. ad

Return to Book Page. This unlikely combination of events and spaces was charged with subversive capabilities, for it challenged both the function and the space. We have also seen that the shock goes against the nostalgia of permanence or authority, whether it is in culture in general architecturr architecture in particular.


The Best Books of Fhey rated it it was amazing Feb 10, View all 6 comments. I would like to associate it with the notion of shock, a shock that in order to be effective in our mediated culture, in our culture of images, must go beyond Walter Benjamin’s definition and combine the idea of function or action with that of image.